Blackfoot Mountains

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Blackfoot Mountains
TaylorMountain BlackfootRange.jpg
Taylor Mountain[disambiguation needed]
Highest point
Peak Taylor Mountain[disambiguation needed]
Elevation 2,220 m (7,280 ft)
Coordinates 43°18′19″N 111°55′18″W / 43.30528°N 111.92167°W / 43.30528; -111.92167
Geography
Country United States
Provinces/States Idaho
Range coordinates 43°11′N 111°50′W / 43.18°N 111.83°W / 43.18; -111.83Coordinates: 43°11′N 111°50′W / 43.18°N 111.83°W / 43.18; -111.83
Parent range Rocky Mountains

The Blackfoot Mountains, also called the Blackfoot Range, is a small range of mountains located east of Blackfoot, Idaho. Most of the area is private property, including the range's tallest mountain, Taylor Mountain. This mountain was named after Sam Taylor, an early settler and brother of Matt Taylor.[1] The Blackfoot River carves through the region. Within this range is Wolverine Canyon, a public area that features sites for hiking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing and other recreational pursuits.

Ecology[edit]

Wolverine Canyon is the result of Wolverine Creek eroding the mainly black basalt of the Blackfoot Mountains.
The Blackfoot Mountains as seen from near Iona, Idaho

This area is mainly a hilly shrub-steppe, covered in sagebrush and juniper. However, there are many springs and small streams which form microclimates with more water-loving plants. The mountains themselves are mainly basalt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Otteson, Connie B. (2005), Unsung Heroes and Settlers of Bonneville County, Idaho, Harris Publishing Company, Inc